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PPEL levy voting held today in Creston

Published: Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 11:05 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2014 2:43 p.m. CDT

Polls are open noon to 8 p.m. today whereby you can vote for or against the Creston High School Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL). Polling locations are Crest Baptist Church and Southwestern Community College in Creston.

"This is absolutely not an additional tax," said Creston High School Superintendent Steve McDermott about the PPEL levy. "It is a proposed continuation of a current part of our school levy. It is also an extremely important source of funds for our local schools."

The school funding force source was started in the mid 1990s and has passed every year. It is the only item on the special election ballot.

"Voters have been very supportive," McDermott said. "There is no school board election, so it might be an election that gets overlooked, but it is extremely important for our efforts here at the school."

The school board may annually certify a regular PPEL of up to 33 cents per thousand dollars of assessed property valuation. School district voters may authorize an additional PPEL amount up to $1.34.

Creston Community Schools utilizes a PPEL of $1. McDermott said this helps keep the school tax levy rate level.

PPEL can be used to improve school grounds and buildings, purchase technology, secure transportation equipment and many other options. It cannot be used for general fund expenses such as staff salaries or benefits.

"It has been primarily used to keep our facilities maintained," McDermott said. "We are looking toward expanding our digital learning."

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